I got word this morning that HB667, the bill that sought to require liability insurance for "Dangerous Dogs", was killed.
This bill originally required all Pit bulls, Rottweilers, and their mixes be registered under the DDA, but the BSL language did not make the first cut of voting.
Also, HB 159 is a troubling bill. It seeks to expand the definition of Animal Cruelty in an irresponsible manner. If this bill passes, many involved with dog sports or working dogs may bear the brunt of the bill's unintended consequences.
That is, the language in the bill could be manipulated to bring about animal cruelty charges for those whose dogs get injured in dog sport competition/training or in a hunt.
Clearly, enabling Government agencies to prosecute animal abusers is a good thing and an effort that I support, but the language in this bill must be worded in a way that will not bring about unintended consequences for otherwise responsbile and caring animal owners.
Please visit the following links for legislator's contact info, talking points and form letters:
Summary: HB 159
Open Letters/Contact Info: HB 159
Contact your legislator and the legislators that will be voting on the bill.